Door & Window Business
Oct. 29, 2014

Effect of the energy boom on housing
Door & Window Market Magazine
Much of the focus on the new energy boom seems to be on the potential negative environmental impacts of fracking and other methods. While we must be mindful of the environmental effects of this energy boom, the same can be said of farming, generating electricity or erecting buildings. One aspect of the energy boom that is often lost in the noise of discussion is the extremely positive effect that the energy boom is having and will continue to have on the residential and commercial building segments.More

Marvin Windows and Doors wins 2014 American Business Ethics Award
Window & Door
Marvin Windows and Doors was recently awarded the 2014 American Business Ethics Award by the Foundation for Financial Service Professionals. Marvin was chosen as the winner in the large company category for "exemplifying high standards of ethical conduct in the workplace, the marketplace and the community." More

OSHA promotes workplace safety info in Spanish
Finance New Mexico via Albuquerque Journal
Spanish-speaking people have been part of New Mexico's workforce for hundreds of years. But the dramatic growth of this population — driven largely by immigration — and the anticipated growth well into the future underscore the urgency of culturally tailored workplace safety training. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries has consistently shown higher workplace fatality rates for Hispanic workers than for workers from other racial or ethnic groups, and these rates are highest among Spanish speakers born outside the U.S. Hispanic workers also suffer higher rates of nonfatal occupational injury and illness.More

Strategies to strengthen communication within your company
Healthy internal communication is central to the success of any company, whether the organization is a small startup or an established large enterprise. Like many aspects of successful business management, stellar company communication can take months or years to cultivate. Whether your business currently has three staff members or 300, strengthening your internal communication at every level can lead to greater operational efficiency, increased sales and a more satisfying company culture. More

Construction employment up in 39 states
Construction Equipment
Construction firms added jobs in 39 states between September 2013 and September 2014 while construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. AGC officials noted that the construction job gains come as more construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions. More

Fiberglass windows are more energy efficient
Green Building Elements
For making energy efficient windows, fiberglass composites offer many advantages over wood, aluminum and vinyl. Wood warps and rots over time, allowing air infiltration that undermines the insulating power of the glass. Aluminum conducts heat and cold into the interior of buildings. And vinyl can weaken with age leading to a breakdown in insulating power. Fiberglass is 8 times stronger than vinyl. It doesn't shrink or expand like aluminum, and it doesn't warp like wood. It is also friendly to the environment because it is 80 percent sand, an abundant natural resource. More

Top 10 home styles in the US
Midland Daily News
We've all had that moment — driving down a street and we see a home we like specifically for the architecture and design elements. The U.S. is full of different home styles and architecture, and pinpointing a specific one can be difficult, especially when dominant home styles change from region to region. The homes below are examples of the most prevalent home styles found throughout the country.More